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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kerry
July 12, 2024, 10:14:06 PM
Armagh have a golden chance to go for broke and make it to an All Ireland Final!  For a county that is lucky to make it to an All Ireland Final once every quarter of a century or so, I just hope they give Kerry a good rattle tomorrow, play with serious intensity and energy, and leave all on the pitch.  If they come up short, I'll congratulate Kerry and come back up the road with the feeling the best team won, and we'll hopefully re-group and come back again.  If they start defending a 1 point lead with 10 or 15 mins to go, and lose by a point or two, that would be a sickener.  If they go into their shell and play within themselves on what is their biggest day to date, that would be inexcusable.  So here's to more like Celtic Park v Derry. KMcG has assembled Armagh's strongest team since the All Ireland winning team, he arguably  has the strongest panel in the country at his disposal, Saturday is a defining moment for the McGeeney era.  Come on Armagh, give it a rattle!
Quote from: Kidder81 on July 10, 2024, 01:43:09 PMI honestly don't know why people want to see this iteration of the Wolfe Tones year after year, but each to their own

Maybe you should go and find out :-) ... Cork last week ...
GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kerry
July 11, 2024, 03:08:37 PM
Quote from: blanketattack on July 11, 2024, 01:10:10 PMI reckon 40K Armagh, 7K Kerry, 9K Down, 8K Laois, 3K Neutral.

If that is the breakdown, at least Kerry will have 16k supporters in Croker anyway.  I have vivid memories over the years of Down flags waving in support of an Armagh team's opponent scoring.
GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kerry
July 09, 2024, 02:18:34 PM
Jaysus lads, what's all this negativity and managerial change talk about 4 days out from an All Ireland Semi Final.  Let's get the positive juices flowing ... Armagh by 5 pulling up!  8)
Quote from: giveherlong on July 02, 2024, 10:37:32 AMSeemed to be lashing sweat above the lip which looked strange

If I was live on TV, and didn't have control of half my face, I reckon I'd be sweating as well  :)
RIP Mícheál.

A voice for the ages, he followed in the footsteps of Mícheál O'Hehir, and what an act to follow he was.  But with his earthy Kerry accent, Mícheál lit up Sunday afternoons for a generation, unrivalled, we will never see the likes of him again.
In fairness to Geezer, he has built a panel where every sub coming on could easily fit into the starting 15.  I think it was Oisin O'Neill who said after the Derry game that the B team hadn't lost to the A team in training in a month.
50/50 game ... Armagh need to play to win as oppose to play to not lose ... it's time to stand up when it matters, knockout football in Croker, both teams will he equally satisfied with the draw and that tells you all there is to know.
Quote from: yellowcard on June 24, 2024, 09:51:01 AMLouth will definitely be on Sunday due to them requiring 7 days preparation. I can't see them putting Louth and Armagh on the same day either as there would be too much traffic congestion. My guess is Armagh v Roscommon and Dublin v Galway on the Saturday.
Quote from: yellowcard on June 24, 2024, 09:47:52 AM
Quote from: WhoDat on June 24, 2024, 09:24:01 AMall of the group winners will progress

If that happens can Armagh draw Donegal in the semi final? When asked about the semi final draw, there was some reference made to avoiding repeat pairings.

Stop this semi-final chat here and now ... you're from Armagh, not Dublin!
It's looking like Dublin/Kerry vs Galway/Derry, and Armagh/Donegal vs Louth/Roscommon?

The following repeat pairings will not be allowed:

Kerry v Louth
Dublin v Louth/Roscommon
Armagh v Galway/Derry
If ever there was a day for Monaghan to cause another upset, this is it.  Conditions and tempo of game suiting them well so far.
General discussion / Re: Great smells
June 20, 2024, 09:38:33 PM
A whiff of turf on a Donegal breeze on the wild atlantic way ... take me there now!
Once again Armagh show a serious lack of consistency .. granted, Galway are a much slicker outfit than Derry, but to have so many Armagh players just not at it all at the same time, typical Armagh.  We have the potential to beat anyone on our day ... we've the potential to lose to anyone on a given day as well.  Not the traits you want to see in a team who are trying to progress to the business end of the championship.
GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland prelim QFs
June 17, 2024, 11:49:03 AM
There was serious dejection on Mayo faces after yesterday's draw, how much that takes out of them and how much Derry up their game after a win on Saturday, should be intriguing.
Quote from: illdecide on June 17, 2024, 09:45:19 AMMy take on it is Galway will be kicking themselves and should have won that game by 5-6pts. Armagh were off it all over the Park, I thought Ben Crealey was poor after having a stormer last game. He got dispossessed twice in a minute when the game was in the melting pot as he was too slow. Rian scored some lovely points but skinned twice for Galway scores, it's actually hard to find positives from the match yesterday only we didn't throw the towel in and battled for an undeserved draw. The Derry game has shown us we're not as good as we thought and TBH I was worried that the players would believe the hype and think they've made it, the truth is we're a decent side and that's it.

That free for Galway in injury time where S Walsh scored to put them 1 up is as bad a free as i've seen and haven't seen too many call it out only some Armagh fans. Can you imagine if that happens in the next game and that ended your season, did commentators call it out??. That S Hurson man wasn't that kind to Armagh yesterday.

He went a long way to showing why a ref. from a rival county and same province should not referee games of this importance.  Some of the decisions, no more so the free to put Galway 1 up in injury time, were ridiculous.